Patrick E. Ngowi is a young Tanzanian serial and social entrepreneur, environmental activist and philanthropist who started his first business at the age of 15.
He is the founder of the Helvetic Group of Companies, the fastest growing network of renewable energy concerns operating in East Africa.
In 2012, Patrick founded The Light for Life Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise that provides free solar energy kits, solar and small wind power systems for youths and women in rural and off-grid parts of Tanzania.
He is very passionate about the growth and development of East Africa and focuses most of his energy on commercial and philanthropic initiatives across the region
Forbes included Ngowi in its list of 30 under 30 Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and Forbes list of Young African Millionaires to Watch in 2013. He was again listed in the 2014 list of Africa’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs through Helvetic Group. He was also named as East Africa’s Young Business Leader of the Year 2014 by Forbes and CNBC.
Ngowi has had multiple speaking roles at international events and in 2015 was elected as Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact in Tanzania. A year later, it was announced that Ngowi was one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Global Pioneers.